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Chase, Levi, was born in Maine, February 22, 1808, a son of John and Olive (Seavey) Chase, natives of Maine. His grandfather, John Chase, was a native of England and died in East Indies with yellow fever. He came to Portland, Me., in early life and was a sailor. John Chase went to Utica in 1816 and in 1822 to Antwerp, being one of the first settlers. He died March 8, 1855, and his wife died February 23, 1851, Levi Chase was reared on a farm and had a very limited education. He has lived on the farm where he now resides flfty-five years, owns seven hundred acres of land and keeps seventy cows; for many years he has been an extensive stock dealer. In 1838 he married Harriet Shurtleff, and they had three daughters: Catherine, Amelia and Mary A., and one son, Delavin. Mrs. Chase died in 1892, aged eighty-three years. Catharine married Abial Shurtleff and they had one son, Clinton. His father died when he was young and lie was brought up by his grandfather, Levi Chase, and took the name of Clinton Chase. Catherine Shurtleff married again, Mr. Albert Velasko, and they had one daughter, Kittie. Mr. Velasko died in 1879. Amelia married Allen Ostrander, and they have one daughter, Hattie, wife of Randolph A. Bodman. Mary A. married Oliver Ostrander, and had two children: Luella, wife of George Davis, and Howell. Mr. Ostrander died September 8, 1889. Delavin Chase married Ida Ostrander and they had three children: Carrie, wife of Guy Young, Alice F. and Levi. Mrs. Chase died in 1879. His second wife was Malissa Bartlett, and they had three daughters: Eva, Mildred and Harriet. Levi Chase is a Democrat and has been and is now one of the leading farmers of his town. He drove the first ox team in his neighborhood between Shurtleff's Corners and Bishop's Corners and his step-grandfather, Joshua Fairbanks, shot two deer at that time.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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